"Hassoon's" ( the local name for this bird) were everywhere. People have a love for this bird. Since Israel took over the West Bank , this bird started disappearing. The use of pesticides by Israeli farmers had killed many birds especially this finch. To blame the disappearance of this bird on "poaching" is not true.
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from the article: For second time only in Israel, prison for poacher